This was a much-deserved honor for Johnson, who was snubbed from the Coaches All-SEC teams that were announced last week. Johnson was a monster on the defensive line and was easily one of, if not the best player UK had this season. He finished with 67 total tackles, the most by any SEC defensive lineman, while also notching a team-high 8.0 tackles for loss to go with two sacks, a forced fumble, an interception, and a fumble returned for a 77-yard touchdown vs Tennessee.
Johnson has also been selected to play in the East/West Shrine Game in January, a game in which some of the top college seniors play in hopes of boosting their NFL draft stock while getting to work with pro coaches and executives.
Here is the complete AP All-SEC football teams (u-unanimous; t-tie):
QB Dak Prescott, Mississippi State, 6-2, 230, Sr.
RB u-Derrick Henry, Alabama, 6-3, 242, Jr.
RB u-Leonard Fournette, LSU, 6-1, 230, So.
WR Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss, 6-2, 210, Jr.
WR Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina, 5-11, 207, Jr.
TE Hunter Henry, Arkansas, 6-5, 253, Jr.
OL Cam Robinson, Alabama, 6-6, 326, So.
OL Vadal Alexander, LSU, 6-6, 329, Sr.
OL John Theus, Georgia, 6-6, 303, Sr.
OL Sebastian Tretola, Arkansas, 6-5, 334, Sr.
C Ryan Kelly, Alabama, 6-5, 297, Sr.
PK u-Daniel Carlson, Auburn, 6-4, 213, So.
All-Purpose Christian Kirk, Texas A&M, 5-11, 200, Fr.
DL Myles Garrett, Texas A&M, 6-5, 262, So.
DL Jon Bullard, Florida, 6-3, 280, Sr.
DL Jonathan Allen, Alabama, 6-3, 283, Jr.
DL A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama, 6-4, 312, Jr.
LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama, 6-2, 252, Sr.
LB Kentrell Brothers, Missouri, 6-1, 235, Sr.
LB Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt, 6-4, 230, So.
CB u-Vernon Hargreaves, Florida, 5-11, 200, Jr.
CB Jalen Tabor, Florida, 6-0, 197, So.
S Eddie Jackson, Alabama, 6-0, 194, Jr.
S Dominick Sanders, Georgia, 6-0, 189, So.
P Drew Kaser, Texas A&M, 6-3, 215, Sr.
QB Chad Kelly, Mississippi, 6-2, 215, Jr.
RB Alex Collins, Arkansas, 5-11, 215, Jr.
RB Jalen Hurd, Tennessee, 6-4, 240, So.
WR Fred Ross, Mississippi State, 6-2, 207, Jr.
WR t-Drew Morgan, Arkansas, 6-0, 195, Jr.
WR t-Calvin Ridley, Alabama, 6-1, 188, Fr.
TE Jake McGee, Florida, 6-6, 244, Sr.
OL Dan Skipper, Arkansas, 6-10, 331, Jr.
OL Kyler Kerbyson, Tennessee, 6-4, 318, Sr.
OL Braden Smith, Auburn, 6-6, 286, So.
OL Dylan Wiesman, Tennessee, 6-4, 304, Jr.
C Brandon Kublanow, Georgia, 6-3, 282, Jr.
PK Taylor Bertolet, Texas A&M, 5-9, 188, Sr.
All-Purpose t-Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina, 5-11, 207, Jr.
All-Purpose t-Evan Berry, Tennessee, 5-11, 207, So.
DL Robert Nkemdiche, Mississippi, 6-4, 296, Jr.
DL Jarran Reed, Alabama, 6-4, 313, Sr.
DL Derek Barnett, Tennessee, 6-3, 257, So.
DL t-Cory Johnson, Kentucky, 6-3, 300, Sr.
DL t-Marquis Haynes, Mississippi, 6-3, 220, So.
DL t-Charles Harris, Missouri, 6-3, 255, So.
LB Antonio Morrison, Florida, 6-1, 234, Sr.
LB Skai Moore, South Carolina, 6-2, 218, Jr.
LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Tennessee, 6-0, 225, Jr.
CB Tre'Davious White, LSU, 5-11, 191, Jr.
CB Mike Hilton, Mississippi, 5-9, 184, Sr.
S Trae Elston, Mississippi, 5-11, 195, Sr.
S Jamal Adams, LSU, 6-1, 211, So.
P Johnny Townsend, Florida, 6-1, 200, So.
Offensive Player of the Year: u-Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
Defensive Player of the Year: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
Coach of the Year: Jim McElwain, Florida
Newcomer of the Year: Christian Kirk, Texas A&M